UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. ET): Here’s a shocker: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is opposed to Discovery’s upcoming Eaten Alive special, claiming that feeding a live human encased in a protective suit to a hungry anaconda constitutes animal abuse.
In a venomous statement, PETA claims this stunt could prove to be deadly for the unsuspecting reptile. “Not only does this publicity stunt sound far-fetched, it would also be lethal for the snake,”; says PETA’s statement. “Shame on this pseudo ‘wildlife expert’ for tormenting and likely killing an animal for a thrill, and shame on the Discovery Channel for giving him the incentive to do it. Whatever the filmmaker has planned, the snake will likely pay the ultimate price, as animals usually do when they’re used for entertainment. PETA has reached out to the Discovery Channel and asked them to pull the show, whether it is a hoax or not.”;
Discovery is claiming the special is no hoax, and has already been filmed, and a special technique was used to ensure the anaconda regurgitated its human meal in order to ensure the survival of both man and snake.
Hot on the heels of last weekend’s live-TV stunt that saw daredevil Nik Wallenda walk a tightrope between two Chicago skyscrapers while blindfolded comes the latest Discovery Channel “event”;: a TV special in which a live man is swallowed whole by a giant anaconda.
This live special will follow wildlife expert Paul Rosolie as he’s fed to an anaconda in order to go — as the promos say — inside the “belly of the beast.”;
While this may sound foolish bordering on suicidal, Rosolie will be encased in a high-tech protective suit that will prevent the snake’s powerful digestive juices from disintegrating his flesh and (hopefully) allow him to emerge unscathed.
We’ll find out whether he survives when this jaw-dropping special — titled Eaten Alive — airs on Discovery on Dec. 7.